John VanLeeuwen

About Me: 

1970 immigrant to Canada from Holland, arrived on Wednesday July 1st, played my first service on July 5th, I have been smitten by the organ since I was 6 or 7 years old. My dad and a brother and brother in law moved our organ from the old to the new church in '54, I repeated this with the help of 50 members of our church after we bought a used organ from a Methodist church in Altoona Penn. My wife has been a member since 1960, our 3 kids all play, Our daughter plays the flute, the middle boy is "smitten" by his guitars, he is in the process of building one, the oldest boy also plays the organ and is a youth leader. 


Organs and more organs, with two, sometimes more organ friends, we travel around to visit churches and get to play on some wonderful organs, our last trip was to Rochester and Buffalo. I have a two manual Halbert Gober pipe organ in our living room. Besides playing the organ I am involved as the leader of our Men's bible study group, which meets once monthly in a local restaurant, I also organize a yearly benefit concert, sponsored by our church for a local homeless shelter, both for men and families and soon to be added, a shelter for homeless women.